Price Gregory Hiring 400 People in OH to Build Cornerstone Pipeline

help wantedIn December 2013 MDN told you about the Cornerstone Pipeline project–a pipeline that will stretch nearly 50 miles from the MarkWest cryogenic processing plant in Cadiz, OH northwest connecting to M3’s fractionator plant in Scio and M3’s cryogenic processing plant in Leesville along the way as it terminates and connects to Marathon Oil’s refinery in Canton, OH (see Marathon Petroleum’s Newly Announced “Cornerstone” Utica Pipeline). The pipeline will flow, at various times, crude oil, condensate and natural gasoline being produced from the Utica Shale. The $140 million project is now ramping up and hiring 400 people to build the pipeline. Price Gregory is the company tapped to build it and Dover (Tuscarawas County), OH has been selected as the headquarters and staging area for the project…
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PA DEP Sec. Quigley Wants to Create “Environmental Justice” Office

what does that meanThe PennFuture Secretary of the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection, John Quigley, continues to promote a hard-left agenda inside a once-great agency. Any time a Democrat like Quigley pairs the word “justice” with another word, like “environmental”, you know it’s a bad idea. Quigley is promoting the concept of creating an “office of environmental justice” within the DEP. What does that even mean? Is Quigley implying we currently have environmental “injustice” running rampant through the Commonwealth? Quigley also wants to use revenue raised from an obscenely high severance tax on Marcellus Shale drilling to fund more DEP inspectors to hang out at drill pads. Must be Quigley didn’t get the memo from Wolf that ALL of the severance tax money, if Wolf is lucky enough to get such a tax passed (very much in doubt), has already been promised in a quid pro quo agreement to teachers’ unions that helped get him elected…
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NRG Won’t Convert Coal Electric Plant to Utica Gas After All

disappointmentThis is disappointing. For over a year utility and electric generating giant NRG had planned to convert a coal-fired electric generating plan in Avon Lake (Lorain County), OH to burn Utica Shale gas instead. NRG’s plan includes building a $40 million, 20-mile pipeline to feed the Avon plant. That pipeline was finally approved in June (see OH Agency Greenlights NRG Utica Pipeline to Feed Electric Plant). The disappointment is that NRG has just announced they will not convert the plant from coal to natgas after all–at least not any time soon. Instead, they will add new pollution control equipment and continue burning coal. Why the change in plan? Part of the reason has to do with bats…
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MarkWest Energy Takes Top Honors in Midstream Survey

mirror mirrorMirror mirror on the wall, who is the fairest midstream company of them all? As it turns out–it’s MarkWest Energy, the premier midstream company in the Marcellus/Utica! EnergyPoint Research has just published the results from its 2015 Oil & Gas Midstream Services Customer Satisfaction Survey, and MarkWest Energy received the top rating–for the fourth consecutive time. Other northeast midstreamers rating tops in at least one category include Crestwood Midstream and Williams…
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Halliburton Pays $18M in Back Wages, Some Going to PA Workers

overtime payHalliburton, the second largest oilfield services company in the world and a major presence in northeast drilling, performed a self audit of their 80,000+ employees and found that just over 1,000 (1.4%) of their employees were eligible for overtime but didn’t receive it. Some of those workers are in Pennsylvania Marcellus–39 of them in fact, who are owed a collective $800,000 in back wages. Halliburton turned themselves in to the U.S. Dept. of Labor, admitting the mistake and offering to make it right. The company reached an agreement with the DOL to pay $18,293,557 to 1,016 employees nationwide for uncompensated overtime, one of the biggest such cases “in recent years” according to the DOL…
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Anti Group Sues to Stop Mass. Utilities from Buying Natural Gas

lawsuitIn early September MDN told you that the Massachusetts Dept. of Public Utilities (DPU) approved long-term contracts for three utilities–Berkshire Gas, National Grid and Columbia Gas–to buy natural gas supplies from Kinder Morgan’s Northeast Energy Direct (NED) pipeline–if it gets built (see Mass. Approves Plan for Utilities to Buy Gas from New Pipeline). At the time we warned you that the global warming-mongers were not happy and threatening to sue the state. They’ve now done it. The left-leaning Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) has filed an appeal of the DPU’s decision with the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in hopes that they can stop the project from being built if they can dry up demand from utility companies–i.e., prevent the utilities from buying NED gas. The CLF action, if successful, would economically harm every citizen in the Bay State. But the CLF doesn’t give two figs for Massachusetts consumers who are already paying the highest electric rates in the Lower 48…
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OH Truck Hauling Coiled Tubing for Fracking Knocks Down RR Bridge

caution low clearanceA truck driver hauling coiled tubing (pipe) used for fracking had an unfortunate run-in with a railroad overpass in Columbiana County, OH. The railroad bridge running over State Route 558 in Fairfield Township is just 13 feet high. The coiled tubing on the back of the truck was higher, and the driver didn’t realize it. So when he went under the overpass, it literally pulled it off and dumped it across the highway. Oops…
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Big Manufacturers Accuse NatGas Pipelines of Delivery Overcharges

pick a fightIndustrial Energy Consumers of America (IECA) is a trade organization representing some of the largest manufacturing companies on the planet–manufacturing plants that buy a lot of natural gas. The IECA is picking a fight with interstate pipeline companies by claiming the pipelines, which are quasi public utilities, are overcharging for the delivery of gas flowing through them. The IECA wants the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to step in and conduct rigorous reviews of the rates being charged…
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The Pope’s Global Warming Policies are Killing People [Video]

Pope Francis - No Fracking SupporterA powerful new video has just been released by the Energy & Environmental Legal Institute that takes direct aim at the socialist/leftist policies being pedaled by the Pope and other so-called faith leaders, policies that they hope the United States will adopt to control mythical global warming. The video (watch it below) says that such policies in Europe have already led to the death of thousands of the poor and elderly. How? Electricity and energy prices in places like Germany and other European countries has gotten so high the most vulnerable can’t afford it. Electricity has become a luxury for many–and they end up freezing to death in the winter and frying to death in the summer. No, we’re not being melodramatic to make a point. This is happening–right now. Watch the video. People are dying because of government policies that aim to end the use of fossil fuels–policies like Obama’s proposed Clean Power Plan. These policies are stark, raving, mad–and it must stop. People like the Pope and other religious leaders need to be opposed when they erroneously wander into politics and advocate for government policies that kill the very people they say they want to help…
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Sen. Inhofe Exposes Obama’s “Clean Power Plan” as a Fraud

climate fraudMDN’s favorite U.S. Senator, bar none, is Jim Inhofe from Oklahoma. Sen. Inhofe is Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works–a very powerful voice in Washington, D.C. when it comes to the environment. We spotted a column written by Sen. Inhofe that rips apart President Obama’s so-called Clean Power Plan. In no uncertain words, Inhofe explains why the CPP–which is fully supported by America’s most liberal governor, PA Gov. Tom Wolf, and his lieutenant DEP Sec. John Quigley–is bad for the oil and gas industry, bad for the electric generating industry, and bad for all Americans. It is, in fact, a fraud being perpetrated on the American public to disguise Obama’s war on fossil fuels…
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Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Wed, Sep 23, 2015

best of the restThe “best of the rest” – stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading. In today’s lineup: Heating season forecast;  frack talk at YSU; PA incentives to use more gas; natgas’ value to PA; natgas prices in Mass. go down; idiots oppose 5-mile pipeline in Mass.; rig count continues to fall; propane supply chain; French Total manipulates US natgas market; leaky pipes; and more!
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